Tales from the Sea Garden

Tales from The Sea Garden

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Tuesday, 24 February 2015

The Snowdrop


I took a walk along to the old bridge that crosses the estuary at Ruan Lanihorne this afternoon....

In the woods the walls are smothered in moss.

 Amazingly beautiful close-up.....



By the time I reached the church there wasn't enough sun to read the sundial on the wall, alas.


Behind the little spring a carpet of snowdrops....


Back when I was a student and visiting a friend in Oxford, a lady stopped me in the street and asked if I would care to read some of her poetry. Her name was Zoe Peterssen, and I still have the two simple handmade books of her poems which she entitled, 'Whispers from Nature'. I cannot pass these pretty white maids now without recalling to mind her words:

'Modesty'

She bent her head
and to me whispered,
whispered softly and gently:
"pay me some attention"

The Snowdrop


 My walk began in sunshine and ended in rain, but the kind of rain that is soft and gentle as it kisses your cheek, and sends little circular waves of ripples in the puddles.
xxx

Sunday, 8 February 2015


Today was like summer in February......I flung open all the doors and windows to let the warm sunshine in, shook all the rugs outside and started spring cleaning!




 Then before I opened the shop this afternoon I took a stroll down to the sea. Portscatho's very own pizza hut, 'Tatams', was open for business......



they serve the most delicious stonebaked pizzas three evenings a week (Thurs/Fri/Sat) and Sunday lunchtime, and bacon rolls on Sunday mornings. I recommend!


After closing I took a last look at the sea



Those waves just keep rolling in...........

Saturday, 7 February 2015



The velvet on this 1950's boudoir chair has faded to almost dove-grey now, but just imagine what it was like when first made, in this electric sky-blue!




The papering of the walls is still going on....and on....and on.....




A new acquisition is this wicker basket on wheels, designed I think to keep baby things in. The inner 'tray' which is ruched with a dainty rosebud fabric lifts up to reveal a lovely lined interior, the rosebud fabric again appearing in the base.


These little leather shoes are the most gorgeous colour aren't they! I've put one of Angelica's shoe painting cards next to them.


A few Valentine's Day cards; one an original Victorian fold-out card and the other two are replicas of cards from the 1920's which I make. The little boy in the combinations is picking the petals off a daisy, and underneath it reads, 'she lufs me, she lufs me not....'


The blushing girl with the pink bow is saying, 'I ain't nobody's sweetheart yet'!


 This necklace by Louise Taylor-Bowen is made from dyed vintage lace with pretty pink pearls and shells stitched on.



Happy Days everyone!  Spring is coming!

Sunday, 1 February 2015


Thank you all so much for your useful and diverse comments on the matter of the old wallpaper. The shop is still in a state of transition at the moment, and I am still undecided about whether to cover it over or not. Once I have finished collaging the other walls I will get a better idea of how the room will look as a whole.


I recently came across this lovely stash of old stamps,


many of them bundled up in lots. Some of the Victorian ones have snippets of writing on. They will come in very handy when doing more collaging. 


I am just open on Saturday and Sunday afternoons at the moment, so if you fancy a stroll by the sea or lunch in the pub in Portscatho one of these cold Spring weekends (Yes, Spring comes early here) do pop by and see what's new!

Tuesday, 13 January 2015

Uncovering the past


Ever since I moved into my shop premises in 2003 I have wanted to rip out the modern fitted cupboards and dressers that lined the walls and find out what lay behind. On Monday Dave and I did just that, removing three layers of chipboard and pegboard to reveal the original raw planks that have been there since the building was still a cottage. Behind these planks are the rough, thick bare stone walls. It has felt good to let the building 'breathe' again; at the base of the wall behind the skirting the wood was completely rotten and will need replacing. I am relieved that there appears to be no evidence of woodworm. What has been the best surprise is finding some of the old wallpaper - three distinct layers, all quite differently patterned.


The dilemma I face now is whether to leave this part of the wall exposed so that the wallpaper can be seen, or to collage over the top, as was my original intention, with the paper collage I created when I exhibited at The Country Living Fair a few years ago.



For all its historical interest it is not by any stretch of the imagination 'beautiful' and would to a certain degree change the interior character of my shop, being of a darkish hue while all the other walls are a pale blue or white. Covering it over again will help in its preservation. It is peeling off in a lot of places and exposing it will only accelerate this. But part of me thinks that I should leave it exposed and make a feature of it.


What do you think I should do?


Monday, 22 December 2014


Christmas and New Year Opening Times
 at The Sea Garden

I shall be open daily up to and including Sunday 4th January
1 - 5pm
except for Christmas Day, Boxing Day and Monday 29th December


May I wish all my customers and all you dear blog readers a very Merry Christmas and a Happy, healthy and prosperous New Year to come x x x

Thank you for your company and friendship

Monday, 15 December 2014

A little Festive cheer!



For the first time I decided to have a real Christmas tree in the shop this year.....

I've really enjoyed decorating it. I seem to have a bit of a bird theme going on, with white china birds which clip onto the tops of branches, and several varieties of glass birds hanging alongside the usual assortment of glass angels. I love the way the lights sparkle off the glass, especially when it gets dark outside. Banishing the cold and wet and dismal winter days, just for a while.
(Antique French bridal crown: £95)


(Vintage map bunting: £16.50)





 (My handmade paper and lace angels: £12.50)


The latest selection of 'Jars of Inspiration', in beautiful vintage heavy cut-glass preserve jars.



 (Large buff handmade gift labels: £2 each)


I have been experiencing major problems with my broadband lately, not being able to send/receive emails, update the blog etc, and I can't load up anything new onto my web shop page, extremely frustrating!!!! (I'm using someone else's internet signal to write this......) Why oh why does my broadband fluctuate so much - one week working perfectly well, the next so slow I just give up trying? Apologies for the rant......The worst thing was I couldn't watch 'Strictly' on iPlayer! Am very much hoping things will be back to normal in time for the Grand Final on Saturday; I'm rooting for Caroline to win, how about you?
 xxx